Jill Stein: “Nationalize The Fed.” How Will Clinton, Trump, Johnson Respond?

By Jerry Alatalo

“A man is truly ethical when he obeys the compulsion to help all life he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”

The Philosophy of Civilization, Part II (1923)

– ALBERT SCHWEITZER (1875-1965) Alsatian-born physician, organist, philosopher

blogger3-1Alphabet Now that the dust is nearly settled after the Republican and Democratic party conventions, the remaining serious candidates are Clinton, Johnson, Stein and Trump. Now, with only three months until election day November 8, the presidential debates are ready to roll into high gear. Green Party candidate and inheritor of a large segment of Bernie Sanders supporters Jill Stein has initiated the debates by, among other proposals, expressing her view that the U.S. Federal Reserve should become a public, not private, institution.

It’s fair to say nationalizing the Fed is the boldest proposal coming from a presidential candidate in a long, long time. How will the three other presidential candidates – Clinton, Johnson and Trump – respond to Dr. Stein’s advocating for a policy of fundamental monetary reform? Third party presidential candidates have traditionally been marginalized and defeated due to intentional efforts by the most powerful and wealthy in America running the federal government like the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain, outside the public’s view, in the shadows.

For the issue of nationalizing the Federal Reserve to become one in which the “Final Four” of the 2016 election have no choice but to fully address is truly historic. Citizens in the United States, European Union and all nations on Earth where privately-owned central banks exist can look forward to becoming educated on what is perhaps humanity’s issue of #1 importance. Even if Dr. Jill Stein doesn’t become the next (1st woman) President of the United States, bringing this massively vital issue to the world’s attention will result in her name being written in history books, and described as the person who sparked a major civilization-wide shift of thinking in the year 2016.

For the younger generation of men and women aged 45 and under whose lives were intellectually enriched through the internet and increased awareness of Earthly realities – and sharply contrasting those reported on corporate media, international banking with its various aspects – unspoken of and considered “taboo” by politicians and the media – is a subject of familiarity. The appearance of the topic in a presidential election was only a matter of time. Fortunately that time has now arrived, and a long-ignored and delayed, important and necessary conversation can commence.

The fundamental questions surrounding the idea of choosing between keeping the Federal Reserve system as it is or transforming it into a public institution will focus on comparing and contrasting the benefits and harms of each option, and the various models available should the people decide on major changes to the nation’s monetary system. The “cat is out of the bag”, the “genie is out of the bottle”, and there’s no possibility of concealing, obfuscation, avoiding, or sweeping under the rug the idea of beneficial monetary reform, ever again.

Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party’s proposal on the Federal Reserve isn’t the only intriguing idea she offers to voters for their consideration, but beyond any doubt it’s the one which will create the greatest “buzz” and/or impact in America and around the Earth. Ultimately, all issues in her party’s platform are inter-related, including those associated with:

  • the military industrial complex (warned about by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address), war and peace – in particular the Middle East, reduced military expenditure, a foreign policy based on international law and human rights
  • the environment and a “Green New Deal” for renewable energy transformation of the country, 100% sun, wind, water, etc. power by 2030, for economic growth and jobs
  • cancellation of student debt, as the “economic stimulus of our dreams”
  • establishing a medicare-for-all universal health care system
  • a $15/hour minimum wage
  • bringing the rule of law back to Wall Street
  • moving toward greater diplomacy in international relations, to wisely decrease the possibilities for outbreak/escalation of conflict
  • dealing effectively with the root socioeconomic causes leading to problems in the criminal justice system, reversing privatization of the corrections “industry”
  • taking results-focused measures to combat climate change
  • reversing the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, getting big money out of politics …and more

So, Dr. Jill Stein has started the real debate of the 2016 presidential election. Would Ms. Clinton, Mr. Johnson or Mr. Trump like to volunteer as the first to respond?…

(Thank you to RT at YouTube)

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The Quran: Sacred Book Of Islam.

Posted on January 7, 2015

by Jerry Alatalo

Header5In an effort to help correct any misperceptions about Islam, which have resulted in much confusion about the spiritual tradition, perhaps the following verses from an English translation of the message of The Quran by Professor (Dr.) Syed Vickar Ahamed (2006) would be beneficial for building greater understanding.

Excerpts from the preface by Dr. Zakir Naik:

“Allah (swt) – (Out of reverence to Almighty God, the suffix (swt) is added to affirm his Purity and His Uniqueness) has sent a revelation in every age. Allah (swt) says in the Quran, “Allah permitted (or ordered, for) each period is a Book (revealed).” [13.38]”

 “There are several revelations sent by Allah (swt) in different ages for the guidance of human beings of the respective ages. Only four revelations are mentioned by name in the Quran. These are the Torah, Zabur, Injeel and the Quran.”

“Torah is the revelation that was revealed to Prophet Moses (pbuh) – (Out of appreciation and respect for the prophets, the suffix (pbuh) is added to pray to Allah to bestow peace upon them). Zabur is the revelation that was revealed to the Prophet David (pbuh). Injeel is the revelation which was revealed to Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and the Quran is the last and the final revelation, that was revealed to the Last and Final Messenger Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).”

“Since there was to be no messenger after Muhammad (pbuh), the book revealed to him (i.e., the Quran) was preserved word for word so that it should be a source of Divine Guidance for all times. Each of the revelations, prior to the revelation of the Quran, was meant only for a particular period and for a particular group of people.”

“As the Quran was the last and final revelation of Almighty Allah, it was revealed not just for Muslims or Arabs but it was revealed for the whole of Humankind. Further, the Quran was not revealed only for the era of the Prophet but it was revealed for all of Humankind until the Last Day.”

“Allah (swt) says in the Quran, “…A Book (the Quran) which We have revealed to you, (O Prophet!) so that you may lead mankind from the depths of darkness into Light – By the permission of their Lord – To the Path (towards Him), the Exalted in Power, the (One) Worthy of all Praise.” [14.1]” 

“There are various types of brotherhoods – brotherhood based on blood relations, brotherhood based on regional affiliations, or brotherhood on the basis of race, caste, creed, ideology, etc. But all these types of brotherhood are limited in their scope, coverage and benefits.”

“Islam, on the other hand, prescribes Universal Brotherhood. It rejects the thought that human beings have been created in castes or in different levels. In Surah Al-Hujurat [49.13], Allah (swt) describes the Islamic concept of Universal Brotherhood.”

“O mankind! We have created you from a single (pair) of male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another (not that you may hate each other). Surely, the most honorable of you, in the sight of Allah is (he, who is) the most righteous of you. Verily, Allah is All Knowing and is Well-Aware (of all things).”

Islam is a lifestyle with a specific moral and legal code of conduct. Islam means submission, submission to God. Those who profess to follow the Islamic lifestyle are called Muslims. The word Muslim means the one who has submitted. What follows is a small collection of verses from the Quran.

2.214. Or do you (people) think that you shall enter the Garden (Paradise) without the many (trials) as (they) came to those who passed away before you? They faced suffering and grief, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Prophet (Muhammad) and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah?” Oh! Surely, the help of Allah is (always) near!

2.215. They ask you (O Prophet), what they should spend (in charity). Say: “Whatever you spend is good, (it) must be for parents and relatives, and orphans, and those in want, and for the wayfarers. And whatever you do (for them) that is good, Allah knows it well.”

2.275. Those who eat from (items including moneys that they receive as) interest, will not stand except as stands one whom the Satan by his touch has driven to madness. That is because they say: “Trade is like usury,” But Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving the direction from their Lord, do not receive (usury), shall be forgiven for the past; Their case is for Allah (to judge) but those who repeat (receiving usury) are companions of the Fire; They will live in there (for ever).

3.30. On the Day when every soul will be faced with all the good it has done, and all the evil it has done, it will wish there were a large distance between it and its evil. But Allah cautions you himself. And Allah is full of kindness for His servants.

3.103. And hold fast, all of you together by the Rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and do not be divided among yourselves (being Muslims); And remember with thanks Allah’s favor on you; For you were enemies and He joined your hearts together in love, so that by His Grace you became brethren; And you were on the brink to the Pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make His Signs clear to you: That you may be guided.

4.161. And they took interest (usury), though they were forbidden to take it; And that they consumed men’s belongings wrongfully – We have prepared for the disbelievers among them who reject Faith a painful punishment.

5.30. The (selfish) soul of the other (brother) led him to the murder of his brother: (For) he murdered , and became (himself) one of the lost ones.

5.32. On that basis: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person – Unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – It would be as if he killed all mankind (the people): And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved all mankind (the people). Then although there came to them Our messengers with Clear Signs, yet even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses (and do injustices) in the land.

6.60. It is He, Who takes your souls by the night and (He) has knowledge of all that you have done by day: By day He raises you up again; That a term appointed will be fulfilled; In the end to Him will be your return; Then he will show you the truth of all that you did.

10.4. To Him will be your return – All of you. The Promise of Allah is true and sure. It is He who begins the process of creation, and repeats it, that He may reward with justice those who believe and work righteousness; But those who reject (and disbelieved) him will have streams of  boiling liquids (to drink), and a painful penalty because they rejected him.

10.56. It is He Who gives life and Who causes death, and to Him, all of you shall be brought back.

13.20-21-22. And those who fulfill the Promise to Allah and do not fail in their word; And those who combine the things which Allah has ordered to be joined, (truth with virtue, prayer with charity, and patience with perseverance) hold their Lord in respect and fear, and fear terrible penalty (if they do wrong); And those who patiently persevere, seeking the (Divine) Face of their Lord; establish regular prayers; Spend from what We have blessed for their life, secretly and openly; And block evil with good: For them there is the final reach of the (eternal) Home.

17.13-14. And we have tied every man’s fate onto his own neck: We shall bring out on the Day of Judgment for him a (register like) document, which He will see laid open (for him). (It will be said to him:) “Read your (own record) book: Your soul is enough this day to make out an account against you.”

18.49. And the Book (of deeds) will be placed (before you); And you will see the criminals in great fear because of what is (written) in there; They will say, “Woe (sorrow) to us! What a book this is! It does not leave out anything small or big, but takes account of it (in there)!” And they will find all that they did, present and placed (in writing) before them: And your Lord will not treat even one with injustice.

19.93-94. (There is) not (even) one being in the heavens and the earth that will not come to (Allah), the Most Gracious as (his) servant. Verily, He (Allah) takes an account of them (all), and has numbered them (all) exactly.

20.15. “Surely the Hour (of Judgment) is coming – My plan is to keep it hidden – For every soul to get back its reward by the measure of its actions.

21.1-2-3-4. Nearer and nearer comes to mankind the Accounting of their (actions); Yet they do not listen and they turn away with carelessness. Not even (a little) of a new Message comes to them from their Lord, but they (only) listen to it as they play – Their hearts playing with petty things, the wrongdoers hide their private talk: “Is this (human, the Prophet) more than a man like yourselves? Will you go into magic while you can see?” He (the Prophet) said: “My Lord knows (every) word (spoken) in the heavens and on the earth: And he is All Hearing, All Knowing.”

21.35. Every soul shall have a taste of death: And we test you with evil and with good by way of trial. To Us you must be returned.

21.47. And We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be treated unjustly in the least. And if there is (anything less than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it up (for justice): And We are enough to take account.

21.94. So whoever does any deed of righteousness and has Faith – Verily, his effort will not be rejected: We shall record it (in the book of deeds) for him.

27.46. He said: “O my people! Why do you hurry to evil rather than the good? If you only ask Allah for forgiveness, you can (still) hope to receive (His) mercy.”

28.77. “But search out, with the (wealth) that Allah has given to you, the Home of the Hereafter, and do not forget your lawful (and good) fortune in this world: But you do good, like Allah has been good to you, and do not search (to make) mischief in the land: Verily, Allah loves not those who do mischief.”

31.15. But if they (the parents) try hard to make you join (others) in worship with Me things about which you have no knowledge, then do not obey them; But stay with them through this life in a just manner (and pay regard to them), and follow the way of those who come back to Me (with love): In the end, the return for all of you is to Me, and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of everything that you did.”

34.3-4. The unbelievers say: “The Hour will never come to us;” Say: “No! By my Lord, but most surely, it will come upon you – By Him Who knows (everything) not (even) seen – From Whom is not hidden the smallest little (indivisible) particle in the heavens or on earth: And there is not a thing less than that, or greater, which is not clearly written in the Clear Book (Record): “That He may reward those who believe and work deeds of righteousness: For such (persons there) is forgiveness and most generous ways (and means) to live.”

36.12. Surely, We shall give life to the dead, and We record what they send before (Judgment) and that which they leave behind (in life), and We have taken record of all things in a book (of evidence).

40.39-40. “O my people! This life of the present is nothing but (temporary) comfort, it is the Hereafter that is the Home that will stay. He who works evil will not be repaid except by its own kind: And he who works a righteous deed – Whether male or female – and is a true believer – Such (a person) will enter the Garden (of happiness): In there they will have plenty without measure.”

58.6-7-8-9. On the Day when Allah will raise (resurrect) them all up (again) and show them the truth (and record) of their deed (and conduct). Allah has kept an account of it, while they may have forgotten it, and Allah is Witness to all things.

Do you not see that Allah does know (all) that is in the heavens and on earth? There is not a secret talk between three (person), but He makes the fourth among them (with his knowledge) – Nor between (any) five but He makes the sixth – Nor between fewer nor more but He is with them, wherever they may be: And in the end, He will tell them the truth of their conduct, on the Day of Judgment. Verily, Allah is All Knowing of all things.

Do you not see those who were advised against secret discussions: Yet (they) go back to that which they were asked not to do, and they hold secret discussions among themselves for injustice and hostility, and disobedience to the Messenger. And when they come to you, they greet and salute you, not as Allah salutes you, (but in crooked ways): And they say to themselves: “Why does Allah not punish us for our words?” Enough for them is Hell: In it they burn, and evil is that place to go!

O you who believe! When you hold secret discussions, do it not for injustice and hostility, and disobedience to the Messenger; But do it for good reasons and self-control; And fear Allah, to Whom you shall be brought back.

64.7. The unbelievers think that they will not be raised up (for Judgment), say: “O Yes! By my Lord, you shall surely be raised up: Then shall you be told (the truth) of all that you did, and that is easy for Allah.”

99.6-7-8. On that Day will men proceed in groups sorted out, to be shown the deeds that they (had done).

Then anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, Shall see it!

And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, Shall see it!

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The Spiritual Dimension: Toward A Progressive Unifying Vision.

Posted on October 21, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-9Alphabet Rabbi Michael Lerner, Sister Joan Chittister and Dr. Cornel West co-founded the Network of Spiritual Progressives. Michael Lerner likes to point out that Dr. Martin Luther King didn’t say “I have a… complaint” but “I have a dream”. The main message he gives to audiences across the United States and around the world is that liberal/progressive movements have excluded the spiritual dimension in their articulations, and that – because almost every human being desires a world with more love, kindness, caring, and generosity – simply because of that exclusion a better world has been severely slowed in manifesting into reality.

The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) share the perspective that there are two views of the world. One is a view that has been widespread in most of human society for thousands of years and says everyone is looking out for themselves, maximizing advantages and control so others won’t dominate and take advantage of them, all the while creating fear, distrust, and psychological, physical stress and violence ranging from personal differences to domestic/family disputes to wars between nations.

The other view, which Michael Lerner believes progressives unfortunately dismiss as impractical, has also been around for millennia, and that is a world of love, caring, kindness and generosity. This worldview forms the basis of all the world’s major religions, included in the sacred writings of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion, Shintoism, Sikhism, Judaism, Jainism, Baha’i, and others. Most people shift back and forth between the many times simultaneously held views in their daily lives and realities, and members of the NSP advocate for a tremendous strengthening of love, kindness, caring and generosity views in public debate, discussion, and other forms of conveying ideas and proposals.

If humanity were able to vote on it, most have reached the point where a new world fueled by more love, caring and generosity is something that would greatly help in solving what Michael Lerner calls the “spiritual crisis” created in large measure by absorption of competitiveness, maximization of profits, selfishness and materialism in today’s global society. In what Mr. Lerner and fellow members of NSP see as a great paradox, what most people want – a new and better world – is not coming into existence simply because people hold the belief that it’s not possible.

He gives the example of low-income people voting for right-wing politicians against their own interests to point out how progressives’ inclusion of the spiritual dimension in their writings, talks, and other forms of communication has become a serious matter for consideration. Widespread perceiving from the materialist, competitive view of the world has led many people/voters to – because of the shortage of spirituality in offered progressive political philosophy – lean on right-wing churches as their perceived only option for answering psycho-spiritual needs, although by doing so their votes end up going to candidates who act against their interests after winning the election.

According to spiritual progressives, change activists must acknowledge a failure to articulate a broader vision of the world which everyone wants: a different world conveyed which will startle and move people because they’ve never heard progressives talk from such a viewpoint. Michael Lerner is aware that responses to the ideas of spiritual progressives typically include “materialism and selfishness is everyone’s lifestyle” so what groups like NSP recommend is “unrealistic”. Michael Lerner’s suggestion to audiences is “do not be realistic”, throw out all perceptions that the way things are is all that’s possible, and always go for the highest vision of the greatest good, whatever your issue(s).

Michael Lerner is the editor of Tikkun Magazine (the spiritual left), with articles written by spiritually progressive men and women from all religious traditions. The following video is of Rabbi Michael Lerner giving a fascinating talk in Ashland, Oregon in September 2014 after accepting an invitation from Peace House.

Does participating in spiritual progressivism offer humanity a magnificent opportunity to create positive change – the new and better world every man, woman and child wants to experience?

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For more information please visit: http://www.tikkun.org

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(Thank you to Peace House at YouTube)

Imagine Seven Generations Into The Future.

Posted on July 6, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The power of love, as the basis of state, has never been tried… There will always be a government of force where men are selfish…”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet, minister, philosopher

aaa-22Because the following address by Russian President Vladimir Putin will probably not be seen anytime soon on American television, and because of a belief that dialogue between people can lead to problem-solving if done with the genuine intent of coming to mutually satisfactory agreement, it has been posted here.

As one who believes there are no “sides” when it comes to international relations, that the human race consists of people all searching for good lives for their children and themselves, the basis of this post is to contribute in some way to greater understanding leading to improved relations between nations and people of the world.

Perhaps others are sensing what Mr. Putin describes as dynamic, moving very fast, international developments, and feel there are large-scale actions being taken that perhaps need some thorough analysis and discussion to discover and prevent possible negative consequences. In this address on Russian foreign policy to the nation’s diplomatic corps, Mr. Putin describes what he sees as the current situation.

He touches on Ukraine, where he sees the failure of international law and simple rules of conduct, multiple conferences which have led to no substantive negotiations, no negotiations on a new Ukrainian constitution in agreement with Eastern Ukrainians, among other issues having to do with lack of relevant discussions between citizens of both West and East Ukraine.

He noted that journalists have lost their lives in the Eastern parts of the country, asking the question “who is afraid of objective information being spread?”, then suggests that it is those who have committed crimes. He refers to French bank Paribas’ multi-billion dollar fine by the United States as an action unacceptable for conducting international affairs. He then talks about Russian inquiries into NATO expansion closer to Russia’s borders and being told it’s “none of your business”, and how some nations and groups “don’t like Russian independence.”

Mr. Putin then offers some hope by saying he still believes “pragmatism will prevail”, and nations will observe common rules of conduct based on mutual respect, coöperation, and compromise – not confrontation. He suggests that international law must be interpreted consistently, not one way then another, and that nations of the world must build the future on coöperation not hegemony.

He then touches on fair business dealings with Ukraine on gas shipments and contracts, and that there’s a need to learn the lesson that good faith consumers and suppliers shouldn’t become held hostage. He talks about the need for no unconstitutional coups on the Eurasian continent and no outside interference that increases the risk of another “Iraq, Libya, or Syria experience.”

Vladimir Putin then concludes by saying “we’re not cooperating against someone… we don’t want to isolate or confront the USA…” and that Russia is “not interested in multilateral formats where Russia has no say or just sits next to those making decisions.” Finally, he notes that Russian leaders “do not want to break relations with the US.”

Let’s hope and pray that those from all parties involved with Ukraine will resolve their differences in the most reasonable, rational, peaceful and honorable way.

Here are a few thoughts on that hope and prayer.

Here in July 2014  events around the world continue with no coming together of wise leaders to put an end to violent confrontation. Some have given up on any type of “Utopian” global arrangement agreed upon by all people in all nations and regions, while others still see the real possibility for humanity to build a truly peaceful world.

Unfortunately there still exists on this Earth a philosophical outlook which holds that violence, when used in the context of the late National Football League Oakland Raider executive Al Davis’ quote “just win, baby”, is acceptable as a form of business tactic. This philosophical outlook finds its manifestation in war and killing over the Earth’s most valuable natural resources, a centuries-old reality that has yet to become dealt with in such ways that eliminate war.

As ways are not yet found to end war, the violence continues, large numbers of men, women, and children suffer the range of negative consequences while living in war-torn regions, and there seems for many no end in sight. So, what will it take, and is it truly possible for the entire world to agree, on ending war?

For people in the United States who just experienced the Fourth of July holiday, perhaps the memory of those babies and infants at family gatherings will offer an opportunity to think about the future in ways uncommon. Perhaps there would be practical benefits derived from the adults asking what type of world they are leaving behind for those young ones – the next generation. Will they be hearing about and seeing scenes of war at various places on Earth, on a consistent basis while they grow, and what kind of effect will it have on them?

Will they, from hearing and seeing war, develop psychological problems in their attempts at making any sense of war, and come to experience the same types of negative consequences that all those who feel empathy and compassion for the innocent victims of large-scale violence? Do those who are responsible for unnecessary and immoral war, those who commit the supreme crime of war of aggression, have any concern for the young ones and their futures?

Who speaks for future generations?

There have been entire societies which have made decisions based on the spiritually based concept of seven generations. If those who hold positions of authority today, those who can start military operations, were to base their decisions on the seventh generation philosophy, would this make a real difference – perhaps all the difference – on this Earth? Seventh generation thinking is about taking into consideration the effects of actions on men, women, and children seven generations into the future. If considered actions are viewed as beneficial for those seven generations from now, then those are actions which are good and agreeable and taken. If actions are viewed as ones which would be harmful to future generations, then they are not implemented.

Thinking about the seventh generation philosophy one finds it intriguing to imagine what the world would become if there were a global agreement to live by its basic creed. Then one can imagine how groups of people would take actions for their particular “seventh generation” in opposition to the future benefits of other groups, in a kind of “my seventh generation is more important than yours” scenario. For the highest spiritual benefit to become realized there would need to become developed a full and shared understanding that “generation” means the entire human race, to end any sense of separation between people of various nations and regions – one of the main reasons for historic conflict.

The seventh generation philosophy, for it to make a profound difference in the international affairs situation on Earth, will require a  firm, widespread agreement on the broadest, underlying basis of a philosophy and spirituality that all life and all things are sacred.

The disciples asked: “On what day will the kingdom come?” Jesus said: “It cometh not with observation. They will not say: Lo here! or lo there! But the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the Earth, and men do not see it.”

– The Gospel of Thomas

Some hold the opinion that when there is war and killing occurring anywhere on Earth that all people become affected negatively by it. Perhaps some have sensed this over time, and find themselves troubled upon hearing of innocent people dying in various war-torn regions. One could find comparisons or analogies between negative thoughts in oneself and negative events occurring around the world. Just as a man or woman must deal with and strive to drop negative thoughts, so too does humanity need to deal with negative events such as war – then end it.

Just as a man or woman replaces negativity with thinking based on perhaps more refined philosophical and spiritual wisdom offered by men and women through the centuries, so too does the human race hold the option of agreeing to base world-consequence decisions on the most moral and ethical thoughts available. The strain of moral philosophy offered here is but one of many developed by philosophers from locations around the world through history.

Perhaps one can imagine that those various philosophies, forming the basis of the great religious traditions and found in each group’s sacred writings, are facets on the same diamond of spiritual truth, and able to become synthesized when there is no longer any claim made that “my religion is the only correct one, all others are false.”  It seems that such separation thinking is the cause of misunderstanding, ill-will, competition, hatred, and violence. Perhaps it is time for the world’s people to evolve past separation and arrive at a place of unity, coöperation, loving-kindness, and peace.

“It is time” are three small words that get written often, and have been used by men and women for centuries to suggest new ways of living on Earth. Probably the quote from French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) – “Nothing else in the world… not all the armies… is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – is most well-known. Billions of men, women and children are waiting for such an all-powerful idea to come, and it takes the form of recognition that we are all connected on this Earth, that whatever we do to others we do to ourselves.

The idea whose time has come is represented in the synthesis of all philosophical and spiritual knowledge and wisdom ever discovered up until now in the year 2014. That synthesized wisdom, when spoken in a type of “new common language” by people everywhere, becomes the basis for creating a new world – the constructing of which begins as soon as the language becomes spoken/communicated widely.

Some would respond in their minds with “you are only repeating the impossible visions of dreamers and impractical visionaries who’ve tried and failed to bring about good changes on Earth” and are unable to believe but that there is no ending war for it is a perennial condition. Others in their way of thinking will silently say to themselves “this is a noble goal, but it won’t happen in our lifetimes.” Then there are those who think “well, 99.9% of the world’s people would vote for true peace, brotherhood, coöperation and acknowledgement of life’s universal sacredness, so perhaps this idea is one whose ‘time as come’.”

Would it make any good difference if men and women spent some time imagining the future – long after they’ve left this lifetime – viewing/visualizing life on Earth seven generations from now?

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